Effects of Dementia Care Mapping on well-being and quality of life of older people with intellectual disability: A quasi-experimental study

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: The ageing of people with intellectual disability, accompanied with consequences like dementia, challenges intellectual disability-care staff and creates a need for supporting methods, with Dementia Care Mapping (DCM) as a promising possibility. This study examined the effect of DCM on the quality of life of older people with intellectual disability.

METHODS: We performed a quasi-experimental study in 23 group homes for older people with intellectual disability in the Netherlands, comparing DCM (n = 113) with care-as-usual (CAU; n = 111). Using three measures, we assessed the staff-reported quality of life of older people with intellectual disability.

RESULTS: DCM achieved no significantly better or worse quality of life than CAU. Effect sizes varied from 0.01 to -0.22. Adjustments for covariates and restriction of analyses to people with dementia yielded similar results.

CONCLUSION: The finding that DCM does not increase quality of life of older people with intellectual disability contradicts previous findings and deserves further study.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)849-860
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Volume32
Issue number4
Early online date2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul-2019

Keywords

  • dementia
  • DCM
  • effect
  • intellectual disability
  • person-centred care
  • quality of life
  • DOWN-SYNDROME
  • ALZHEIMERS-DISEASE
  • LEARNING-DISABILITY
  • SUPPORTING PEOPLE
  • ADULTS
  • EXPERIENCES
  • BEHAVIOR
  • SATISFACTION
  • SYMPTOMS
  • WORKING

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